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T-Bone and Taters. Good food.

Not much complication, but a genuine good dish for a saturday. I still had a nice little T-Bone steak in the freezer, and decided to prep that. I wanted something nice and simple, since I didn’t have that much time today.

I’ve marinated the steak using a simple yet effective way.

Just used the following.

  • 5 tablespoons of olive oil
  • pepper
  • salt
  • 2 cloves of garlic, not too finely cut up.

I’ve put that all in a ziplock bag, with the defrosted steak and let that rest in the fridge for about 2 hours.

Meanwhile I’ve sliced up some potatoes and heated up my skillet with some olive oil. I’ve baked the potatoes and just added some dried italian herbs and some salt to it. Simple yet effective.

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Meanwhile I’ve heated up my WGA with some charcoal and waited until it was searing hot. Just do both sides of the T-Bone for about 60 seconds and then move it to indirect and close the lid. For a red steak, use about 4- 6 minutes, depending on the thickness of the steak and for medium, use about 7 – 9 minutes indirect. Great steak. I’ve covered it in aluminium foil for about 5 minutes before serving and eating. Loved it with a glass of rosé wine.

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Trout with orange and herbs

Time for a fishy weekend. I’ve decided that 2017 will be the summer of more fish from the grill. I was at a fresh fish market yesterday and I was getting so excited! All great stuff! But … Start simple. Trout. I decided to ask for 2 nice trouts, but the one he brought up was huge. Not a rainbow trout, but a decent big animal that has been caught and killed. Nice!

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Now for a good recipe. Lemon would be to easy, but a slight bit of acid will do good, I guess, so orange it is.

For the marinade, I’ve used the following.

  • 1 orange
  • a handful of fresh dill
  • a handful of fresh parsley
  • a red onion
  • fennel

To start with this, grate the side of the orange, but only the orange part, not the bitter white, in a bowl. Add the juice of the orange as well. Now I’ve used the blender, but you can do it manually too, to chop up the parsley and dill. Bring to taste with a good dash of pepper and salt.

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Now stir and set aside. Get the salmon and clean it out with some fresh water. Open it up and put a few good spoons full of this delicious marinade in it.

Now chop up the red onion and the fennel into rings and parts. Stuff them in there too, and put the fish in the fish grate for the BBQ. Put it in the fridge for some hours to let the flavours get into the fish. (Don’t forget to put a plate or something under it, otherwise your entire fridge will be wet from the moist and fish fluids. Just a tip.

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So after a few hours in the fridge, heat up your grill, ready for direct heat. I’ve done some vegetables first until they were soft and moved them to the side table. Then it was trout-time.

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Put a good amount of olive oil on both sides, to prevent real burning. Direct grilling for ab0ut 20 minutes, in my case about 25, cause the beast was BIG! then it was a matter of serving. I took an oven dish, since my plates are not big enough …. It was an 800 grams trout…. but loved every gram of it. Was great with carrots and some other veggies.

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Definitely worth a re-run!

Chicken paella from the grill

Love the versatility in a piece of chicken. Today I decided to make paella with it. Kids don’t want to eat shrimps or clamps, but chicken and chorizo is always a good proposal. Mis-en-place is a pain, but once ready, you can make a good paella pretty easy. Here’s how and what.

Needed :

  • 1 tablespoon of smoked paprika powder
  • 2 teaspoons of dried oregano
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 200 gram of boneless chicken
  • garlic
  • 2 cups of paella rice (or whatever rice you have at hand, of course. Short grain)
  • 1 teaspoon of dried chili rings
  • 1 tube of saffran threads
  • 2 bay leafs
  • loads of flat leaf parsley
  • 1 liter of chicken stock
  • 1 zested lemon
  • 1 onion
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 250 grams of chorizo
  • 250 grams of divided chicken wings

Seems like a lot, but don’t worry. step-by-step it’ll get easier.

First, start by cutting up the boneless chicken into small cubes and put the in a bowl, together with a chopped up pepper, the paprika powder, oregano and some salt and pepper. Mix well and set aside (preferably refrigerated) for later use.

 

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Now you can start of by cooking and grilling, while cutting things up on the go, but I prefer to do everything up front in the kitchen and have it ready when needed.

I’ve started by letting my youngest son mix up some olive oil and a nice chicken rub in a bowl. They will go first later on.

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Now, I’ve started to chop the garlic and add the crushed chili rings.

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I’ve also prepped the bay leafs and the safran, and measured out the rice. No big deal, but easy enough to work with once you start on the BBQ. Temperature is quite high, so walking of to do some cutting is too much time and you’re food will burn.

I’ve removed the plastic outside of the chorizo and crumbled it into a bowl too.

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Created a liter of chicken broth, ready to go.

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And setup most of the stuff on a tray next to the table. Now the grilling and combining starts.

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I’ve started by heating up some 2 – 3 tablespoons of olive oil in the paella pan. Once hot, I’ve added the garlic and chili and the rice too. Keep stirring the rice until it’s nicely covered in oil and it gets slightly crispy.

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Now add the stock, bay leafs, safran and the zest of the lemon and (try to) bring down the temperature to a medium heat and let it boil into the rice itself. I’ve closed the lid and closed the air vents almost all the way, and it took me about 15 minutes to have the rice ready.

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I’ve whisked it through and set that aside for later use.

The second part is getting a new pan on and heating up some oil again (apparently very important for paella…. ), and bake the chicken / pepper mixture, with the onion added until nice and brown and then add the chorizo and keep stirring until the oil releases from the chorizo, creating some great flavor for the paella.

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The mixture is now whisked through the cooked rice and I’ve topped it off with the divided wings and the lemon slices from the one we used for the zest.

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Bon appetit, or in spanish, Buen apetito!

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Grilled chicken with sour cream

Chicken, chicken, chicken. I’ve done it a milion times, but I wanted something else today. Time the kids learn the true meaning of different flavours. I’ve been thinking and using the internet, and I’ve found something I (and the kids) really love.

Grilled butterflied chicken with a sour cream under the skin. Not the easiest to do, but a great taste and good moisture.

To start with the sour cream semi-stuffing, you just use the following.

  • 3/4 cup of sour cream
  • 1/4 cup dice red onion, although I’ve used about twice that amount.
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of dried dill
  • 1/2 a teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 a teaspoon of black pepper

First, put the sour cream in a bowl and add the dried oregano and dill. Stir well and enjoy the smell. It smells great already.

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After this, I’ve chopped up 2 red onions and the garlic and put that in the blender. (lazy me, I know, but yeah. I just have the thing, so not using it is even worse, I guess). About 3 seconds later it’s done.

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Scoop it through the mixture and add the salt and pepper.

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Now put it aside and begin a new and uncharted journey into butterfly chicken….

To properly butterfly a chicken, you just have to remove the spine. Not that hard, if you have to correct tools for it, but with a simple knife, this can be tricky. I use a good pair of bone scissors. Love the thing!

I’ve started by cutting of the wing tips, as there is no meat on it whatsoever, and they tend to burn pretty quickly, not looking nice on your beautiful hot chick.

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Place the chicken, back up, bottom facing yourself on a board and start cutting it, alongside the spine, al the way up to the neck.

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Now repeat that step on the other side of the spine and remove the thing altogether. You can use it for some stock or just throw it away. You’re choice. I’ve threw it away.

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Now the fun part. Turn it back with the open side down and press down on the breast part until you hear 2 bones snap. This is the wishbone that either breaks or snaps out of place, allowing for a much more flat chicken.

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Once butterfly’d, or butterflied, (not sure, as I’m not native english …. 😉 ), start by pushing your fingers gently between the skin and the flesh and release it from the flesh, al the way down to the legs and back. It’s kind of an addictive job, as it feels pretty nice to do so …. or is that just me. The wings I left alone, since that would be too much to get the skin loose from. Just be careful not to puncture or break the skin.

Now, start spooning the opening up with the created sour cream and massage it all the way through. Nice job, that might take up some time too.

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After this nice massage of this good looking chick, just wrap it in and refrigerate it for at least 1 hour (preferably overnight), and take it out once you’re ready to go grilling.

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The grilling part is the easiest, of course, as allways.

Start by firing it up and prepare for indirect grilling on roughly 180-200 degrees Celcius.

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Now take out the chicken and rub it in with some olive oil and season it with salt and pepper.

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Can’t get it more spot on ;-). Keep it there for the next 1 – 1,5 hours. Place the chicken indirectly on the grill and close the lid up.

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After about 30 minutes, it’s just this. Nothing much, but it’s getting there!

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But after about 1 hour, just poke it with a fork and see if the fluids are nice and clearly white, that way you know it the chicken is perfectly cooked.

I’ve served it with rice and my very own home made sate sauce. Kids loved it, as always, haha!

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It’s a battlefield, once finished, but it was fantastic! Worth a try if you have some time to spare and a chicken and the rest of the ingredients lying around…

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Enjoy!

Pork Sate with homemade sate sauce

Yesterday, it was fantastic weather and I just had to light the grill once more. Nobody to cook for, so I kept it simple, but not less tasty!

For the sate I bought a pork tenderloin of about 400 grams. Not much, but it will do the trick just fine! I’ve cutted it up in a small cubes, most of them the same size, of course.

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The next thing to do was to cut up, very finely, a spanish pepper, and about 3 cloves of garlic. I do love my garlic, and I’m not scared of it one bit! Very healthy too!

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Just mix it in and add a nice shot of soy sauce and some good olive oil. Mix it all well and placed it in a ziplock bag and in the fridge for a nice overnight stay.

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Next day, I fired up the grill and waited until it was simmering hot! I took the sate meat and placed it on wooden sticks, that I soaked a long time in water.

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When the grill was ready, I placed them very shortly on the coals, turning them rather quickly. about 30 seconds per side.

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After that, I moved them to an indirect spot. This is when I made the sate sauce, but more about that over here.

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Once ready, just serve with some bread and enjoy! I know I did!

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